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Mass communications educator , researcher

Robert Steven Fortner, American mass communications educator, researcher. Faculty Enrichment grant, Canada Embassy, Washington, 1984, Faculty research grant, Institute Advanced Christian Study, 1989-1990.


Fortner, Robert Steven was born on July 13, 1948 in Baraboo, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Donald Ray and Joyce Winifred (Buker) Fortner.


Bachelor, Otterbein College, 1970. Master of Arts, Indiana University, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, University Illinois, 1978.


Assistant professor Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1978-1979, Drake U., Des Moines, 1979-1981. Assistant professor State University of New York-Plattsburgh, 1981-1984. Associate professor mass committee George Washington University, Washington, 1984-1989, director radio and television, 1984-1987.

Department chairman communication, 1987-1989. Professor communication arts and science Calvin College, Grand Rapids, 1989^, director graduate studies, 1994^. Department chairman communications arts and science, 1995^.

Chairman Cable Access Advisory Committee, Plattsburgh, New York, 1981-1984. Editor The Pulse First Presbyterian Church, Plattsburgh, 1981-1984. Research consultant Far East Broadcasting Association, 1989^, British Broadcasting Corporation, 1991^, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1991, International Christian Media Committee, 1991.

Lecturer United States Telecom. Training Institute, Washington, 1985^, Academy for Ednl. Development, Washington, 1986^, Institute for Foreign Journalists, Reston, Virginia, 1987^, Meridian House International, 1987^.

Faculty Enrichment grantee Canada Embassy, Washington, 1984, faculty research grantee Institute Advanced Christian Study, 1989-1990. Principal investigator Worldwide Radio Receiver Population Analysis, 1986, International Communication, 1992. Chairman of the Board director Far East Broadcasting Company, 1993^, chairman 1994^.

Director research International Committee Research for Evangelism, 1995^. Training coordinator TWR International, 1994^. Deacon Silver Spring Christian Reformed Church, Maryland., 1985-1987.



Member Association Reformed Communication (president 1985-1988), Association Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Canada Communication Association, International Communication Association, Speech Communication Association, International Association Mass Communication Research, National Research Council (panel Voice of America modernization, emergency preparedness and direct broadcast satellites 1987-1989).


  • Other Interests

    Photography, bicycling, hiking.


Married Marcia Beth Knisley Fortner, June 27, 1970. Children: Matthew Robert, Peter Nathaniel, Rachael Victoria.

Donald Ray Fortner

Joyce Winifred (Buker) Fortner

Marcia Beth Knisley Fortner

Matthew Robert Fortner

Peter Nathaniel Fortner

Rachael Victoria Fortner